Richard Hannon presents punters with a puzzle by running three of which Musicora, a dual winner at two, is the highest rated by some distance. However, his ability to handle heavy ground is to be taken on trust so stable companion CAY DANCER makes greater appeal. The Danehill Dancer handled soft ground well when a comfortable scorer on her Doncaster reappearance and her ability to do so, allied with her assured fitness, gives her the nod. Saucy Minx and Sarangoo represent the older brigade with the latter making more appeal as she features a heavy ground success on her CV. Tea Leaf is promising but has hitherto only encountered quick conditions.
Saucy Minx (IRE) 10-1 (9-2) Held up, headway 2f out, ridden and kept on same pace final furlong, 5th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Firmdecisions (9-6) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Mar.
Sarangoo 12-1 (9-4) Always prominent, ridden over 2f out, every chance towards finish, held close home, 3rd of 11, 3/4l behind Prince Regal (8-12) at Windsor 6f hcp 0-80 (4) sft in Oct.
Musicora 7-1 (8-12) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened final furlong, last of 8, 13l behind Cape Factor (8-12) at Newmarket 6f 2yo fll Listed stks (1) sft in Nov.
Valen (IRE) 12-1 (9-3) In touch, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 11, 8l behind Shyron (8-0) at Yarmouth 7f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Apr.
Nakuti (IRE) 13-2 (9-7) Mid-division, headway to join leader over 1f out, ridden to lead near finish, won at Leicester 7f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Apr beating Instant Attraction (9-7) by nk, 15 ran.
Cay Dancer 13-2 (9-2) Tracked leaders, challenged on outside 3f out, led over 1f out, soon ridden, edged right towards stand side rail final 100 yards, kept on, won at Doncaster 7f 3yo fll hcp 0-80 (4) sft in Apr beating Nimble Kimble (8-10) by 2 1/4l, 7 ran.
Chutney (IRE) 12-1 (8-11) Mid-division, pushed along halfway, soon lost place, 13th of 14, 16l behind Aqlaam Vision (8-8) at Doncaster 6f 2yo fll hcp (2) gs in Sep.
Tea Leaf (IRE) 7-1 (9-0) Held up off the pace towards rear, not clearest of runs over 2f out, headway towards near side over 1f out, went 3rd inside final furlong, ran on to take 2nd final strides, unable to reach winners, 2nd of 11, 2 1/2l behind Two Shades Of Grey (8-8) at Ripon 6f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Apr.